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So Jake Is Trying To Kill Liv Now?…Are The “Scandal” Characters Becoming Unrecognizable?

March 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night’s episode of “Scandal” had its moments. There was Abby checking the hell out of Elizabeth North…(that girl is still trying to find her place in the administration). There was that gut-wrenching scene when Cyrus’ now-husband Michael sat down with his parents for dinner. In case you missed it, Michael’s father told him that it made him sick to his stomach to look, sit and eat with him. And then, perhaps most memorably, there was the moment when Cyrus told Michael that even though their marriage was something like a sham, he was dedicated to doing what he could to “be his person” in a world where he’d been abandoned by everyone he loved. With Stevie Wonder crooning “All In Love Is Fair,” it was a very special moment.

Oh…and there was also Olivia wearing Fitz’s grandmother’s ring at the wedding…whatever.

In case my tone is elluding you right now, please know that I am not #TeamOlitz. Everyone is always telling me how much Fitz loves her but all of his actions seem to suggest that he loves the presidency even more. He’s had plenty of opportunities to step away from the power and the limelight. But he fails every.single.time. These two legitimately make me sick.

So, you can imagine my delight when Jake Ballard was introduced as one of Olivia’s new love interests. Unlike FItz, he was willing to leave it all behind for her, is always the one protecting her–except in this recent kidnapping thing…he did try though–and a relationship between these two is just far more probable and less dysfunctional…if such a thing exists on this show.

Anyway, last night after the show ended there was a teaser for next week’s episode and real talk, those 20 seconds got more of a rise out of me than the entire hour-long episode that preceded it.
In case you missed it, here it is.

What the hell?!

In my mind I know that there’s a great possibility that #Olake might never be a permanent thing. But to make him flip out like this, threatening to kill Olivia and all is just too much for me. I’m hoping that Shondaland is trying to throw us off the trail with this one because it just seems completely out of character.

Jake has spent at least two seasons trying to be the one Olivia loves and now, all of a sudden he’s trying to take her out? I’m just not buying it. And while we’re on this topic, am I the only one who’s noticed that there seems to be some gross character inconsistencies as of late? I’m still trying to determine why Huck had to kill Sue, Lena Dunham’s character, last week. We know Huck is a little off balance but we’ve never seen him kill anybody all willy nilly. Never. I know some would argue that there was a possibility that she could talk but the same could be said for a lot of people Huck knows. It was too much…and out of character.

With story lines that have Olivia fighting to break out of a fake prison, Olivia and Fitz doing that same tired dance and Huck slitting people’s throats, I’m wondering if the ratings are dropping simply because people can’t seem to follow all the various and seemingly “unrealistic” character paths right now.

Where’s The Black Lady? Scandal Season 4 Episode 11 Recap

February 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Scandal Season 4 Episode 11 Recap

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Last night, I was wondering just how Olivia was going to work her way out of bondage. This whole being imprisoned thing is a nice twist in the story line but I’m ready for homegirl to be free. So I was glued to the television. And the episode did not disappoint. Check out the most memorable moments from last night’s episode of “Scandal.”

We Can’t Wait! 15 Projects In Entertainment For Black Women Coming In 2015

January 4th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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#TGIT is returning on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) fans couldn’t be more excited. But they aren’t the only black women characters and entertainers MadameNoire is looking forward to in 2015. Here’s a list of 15 new projects for and by black women that we’re anticipating in 2015.

#TGITea: Why Was Everyone Lying On “Scandal”?

October 24th, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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This week on #TGITea, the Ladies discuss all the lies told to Olivia on “Scandal” and all the dysfunctional relationships on “How To Get Away With Murder”.


#TGITea: The Tea On This Week’s “Scandal” And “How To Get Away With Murder”

October 17th, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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The MadameNoire ladies break down the sensational and steamy plots on this week’s episodes of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder”.

Dickmatization, Dirty Moms & Daddy Pope: The Season 4, Episode 3 Scandal Recap

October 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night’s episode brought the heat. There was the case, even more scandal with Cyrus and Michael and a bit of mother-daughter insanity. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it.

Sorry Jake (And Fitz)! Potential New Love Interests For Olivia Pope

October 9th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Now that the fall television season has officially kicked off and “Scandal” is heating up once again, it’s time we be honest about Olivia Pope’s love life: We’re over it. Sure, we prefer Jake over Fitz — mostly because he’s not married to someone else — but wouldn’t you like to see a new love interest shake things up in DC? We know we would. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of male actors we’d like to see cast on the show to play Pope’s paramour.

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Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White is currently busy shooting Black Hollywood’s answer to “Magic Mike” with “Chocolate City” but he could certainly join “Scandal” later on in the season. Even though many find Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) attractive, White would no doubt drive even more female viewers wild especially if he was caught up in the throws of a passionate love scene with Olivia Pope.

“Are We Gladiators Or Are We Bitches” The Season 4 Premiere Scandal Recap

September 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Season 4 Premiere Scandal RecapAaaahhh Thirsty Thursdays takes on a whole new meaning that all the inhabitants of Shondaland are back on our television screens, along with a few newbies. And they came back with a vengeance for the season 4 premiere of “Scandal” and the pilot episode of her latest project “How To Get Away With Murder.” As far as season premieres go, this one was pretty memorable. Let’s jump in shall we?

UPDATE: Get Your Olivia Pope On! The Limited Introduces ‘Scandal’ Collection

September 23rd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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UPDATE: The collection is here! And just in time for Thursday’s season premiere (if you really want to take it there)!


Update by Tonya Garcia

Original story published September 17, 2014

What woman doesn’t want to dress like the stylish-yet-powerful Olivia Pope?  Well, you can. And affordably.

The Limited is introducing a collection of clothing inspired by the hit ABC drama Scandal. Just in time for the show’s return for a fourth season on Sept. 25.

More than 70 items are on sale in the Limited’s “Scandal” collection.” Prices range from about $49 to $250 making it easy for anyone to copy the attire Kerry Washington dons as Liv on the show. “The garments are due in stores and online next week and are scheduled to be available through May, the end of the 2014-15 television season,” reports The New York Times.

There is already a multimedia campaign, which boasts the collection as “Fearless fashion for ladies who lead.” And The Limited is putting some major money into promoting the line. The campaign has an estimated budget of $12 million.

Washington was included in selecting the designs, along with Elliot Staples, head of design for the retailer and Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for Scandal. “The three are featured in a video clip that promotes the collection; some print ads, showing models wearing the clothes, also give a shout-out to the creator of ‘Scandal,’ Shonda Rhimes, and feature the logos of the series and ABC,” reports The Times. A licensing deal was made by The Limited with ABC and the creators of Scandal. Financial terms were not made public.

Apparently the idea came out of a Good Morning America segment in fall of 2013 that “took outfits Olivia Pope wore on the show and replicated them at affordable price points,” said Diane Ellis, chief executive of The Limited. “A suit that was ours was featured.”

Most often such apparel licensing deals target kids, such as a line of Dora the Explorer clothing, but the Scandal collection shows the growth of licensed merchandise involving series for adults, said Ira Mayer, publisher and executive editor of a newsletter, The Licensing Letter. Other adult shows with licensing deals include The Big Bang Theory, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy.

For series like Game of Thrones an estimated $100 million a year in retail sales can be made, Mayer said, with a typical deal bringing in “under $50 million a year.” Licensed merchandise from a popular children’s show, however, can rake in an estimated $250 million to $500 million annually in retail sales.

We’re sure The Scandal line will be a big seller. Will you buy?

h/t Jezebel

Yara Shahidi Of ABC’s “Black-ish” Talks Playing Young Olivia Pope, Keeping Up A 4.0 GPA And Having Nas As A Cousin

September 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Is anybody else excited to see what kind of comedy ABC’s upcoming show “Black-ish” will be?

Starring Anthony Anderson as a successful black man and father who starts to worry that his family, who lives in a predominately white neighborhood, is losing touch with their culture, the show focuses on his hilarious efforts to make sure his they don’t forget where they come from. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star on the show as Anderson’s character’s wife and father, and child actress Yara Shahidi plays his tech-obsessed daughter. The 14-year-old actress has come a long way since she starred as Eddie Murphy’s daughter in “Imagine That,” and she has big goals for her future. We chatted with the young actress about her role as Zoey Johnson on “Black-ish,” playing young Olivia Pope and meeting Kerry Washington, having Nas as a cousin (her second cousin) and why education comes first for her. This young lady has a very good head on her shoulders. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

Who Is Zoey Johnson On “Black-ish”?

“Zoe, she’s popular, she’s smart, she’s witty—all of that. But the one thing is that she really loves Instagram and texting friends. She’s a very social person in that way. Because of that, she’s usually on her phone. But she has a really big personality. She’s really colorblind, which is definitely a good thing, but she’s so caught up in social media that she’s kind of lost a piece of her culture. She’s kind of a lost cause and he [Anthony Anderson] constantly tries to get her involved.”

What Makes “Black-ish” A Refreshing New Show On Television

“It addresses a lot of problems and not just for the African American community, but for people of any ethnicity. It’s funny and there are family problems, so it’s something you can watch with your family and enjoy altogether, but it still carries an important message.”

What It Was Like Playing Young Olivia Pope Alongside Kerry Washington

“It was amazing. The audition was literally me walking into a room and being myself on camera. Everyone on set was so nice and I got to work with some amazing actors and actresses, which was fabulous. And at the end of the day, Kerry Washington walked into my school, while I was in school even though she wasn’t shooting near it, and came just to say hi. She’s honestly the nicest person ever.”

Her Future Career Aspirations

“Well, I really want to continue acting, but I have other interests. I love, love history. I was actually just at Oxford this summer, and I took some history classes at Harvard. I know my interests change a lot, but I’m also interested in advertising too. It’s always interesting to see the process behind getting a person on camera and I love ad campaigns. One thing I’ve always been concerned about is the objectification of women in ads and that’s one thing where I was like, well, if I become a part of advertising, I could change that.”

On Visiting University of Oxford And Harvard This Past Summer

“One thing that used to worry me is that the fact that it seemed like Harvard was this big scary thing where I would have to spend all my time studying just to get in. But getting to go to both campuses of Harvard and Oxford and getting to meet some of the professors was absolutely amazing. At Harvard I got to meet and have dinner with Jamaica Kincaid. Just to have conversations with professors was absolutely amazing.” 

What It’s Like Having Nas As A Cousin

“He’s honestly just so chill. It’s funny because I’ll have friends come over and they’ll just stop dead in their tracks when they see him: ‘Oh my God, you didn’t tell me he was going to be here. Why didn’t you tell me?’ They start freaking out, but then they start talking to him and they’re like, ‘he’s so nice.’ He’s given my family so many opportunities because we travel together and all sorts of stuff. I’ve been fortunate that he’s called me up and been like, ‘You want to go to Harvard?’ And I’m like, ‘sure!'” 

How She Keeps A 4.0 GPA While Pursuing Acting

“I have the support of my parents and my teachers. They made it very possible for me to go to a school that is open and supportive of me being gone at times and pursuing acting. But school always comes first for me. So if I feel like I’m giving up a part of my education or missing an important piece developmentally because of a project, then I’m just not going to do the project. I love acting but school for me, because I’m so interested is so many other areas, it would be a shame to not pursue school and miss out on the opportunities that I have now.”

If Classmates At Her All-Girls School Treat Her Differently Because She’s An Actress

“The majority of the kids at my school know me as Yara, the girl in my class. Oh yeah, Yara, I hung out with her the other day. But sometimes they’ll see things with me in it and come back and say, ‘hold on, you didn’t tell me you act!’ But I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing friends. I get emails like, ‘Hey, I noticed you’re missing today. Hope you’re having fun on set! I got all the notes for you from these classes.’ I’ve been lucky to have some very supportive people in my life.”

Yara is going far! Be sure to check out “Black-ish” when it premieres on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.